Executive Leadership

Cooper University Health Care's executive management team has a wealth of experience in health care administration and development. The team's commitment to Cooper's patients, employees and the community, combined with a focus on fiscal responsibility, has resulted in a strong infrastructure designed to meet today's health care needs while moving toward tomorrow's innovations and breakthroughs. Cooper's leadership drives the organization to exceed the expectations of its patients and improve the overall health of the community.


Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD
Co-President/CEO, Cooper University Health Care

Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, is Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care.

From December of 2014 to March of 2018, Mr. O’Dowd served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Cooper University Health Care. In that role, Mr. O'Dowd was responsible for business and organizational development, including the MD Anderson at Cooper partnership. In addition, Mr. O'Dowd also oversaw compliance, marketing, communications, government relations, real estate, and human resources for the health system.

Before joining Cooper, Mr. O’Dowd served in the Cabinet of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, including as Chief of Staff from 2012 to 2014. Prior to joining the Christie Administration in 2010 as counsel to the Governor, Mr. O’Dowd served as the Chief of the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. During his seven-year tenure as a federal prosecutor, Mr. O’Dowd investigated and prosecuted cases ranging from computer hacking and intellectual property theft to complex health care, securities, and financial fraud. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. O’Dowd served as the Chair of the Health Care Task  Force, which comprised the leading federal and state health care fraud investigators and prosecutors in the State of New Jersey.

While at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mr. O’Dowd was a frequent panelist and speaker on health care compliance matters. Mr. O’Dowd was twice awarded the Integrity Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Award for Excellence from the U.S. President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency. In 2012, Seton Hall University School of Law presented Mr. O’Dowd with the St. Thomas More Medal for his distinguished public service.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2003, Mr. O’Dowd served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey for nearly five years. In that position, Mr. O’Dowd’s responsibilities included providing legal counsel to the New Jersey Department of Health. Mr. O’Dowd received his BA from The Catholic University of America in 1994 and his JD from St. John’s University School of Law in 1997.

Mr. O’Dowd serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, a member of the Camden Health and Athletic Association Board of Trustees, a member of the New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees, a member of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey Board of Trustees, member of America’s Essential Hospitals Policy Committee, member of The VIDOCQ Society of Philadelphia, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey Board of Directors. Mr. O’Dowd also serves as a member of the South Jersey Industries Board of Directors.


Co-President/CEO, Cooper University Health Care

Dr. Mazzarelli has had various roles at Cooper since his arrival in 1999. His most recent role prior to being named Co-President/CEO of Cooper University Health Care was as Chief Physician Executive and Senior Executive Vice President, where he had oversight of Quality and Patient Safety for the health system as well as oversight of Cooper's practice plan of more than 630 employed physicians who also serve as the faculty for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Prior to that role, he was Senior Vice President of Operations and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, where he reorganized the Quality and Patient Safety Department, which led Cooper to its recent first-time recognition as a “Top Performer” by The Joint Commission. Under his leadership, Cooper also realized significant improvement in the nationally recognized quality and safety Leapfrog Report Card. 

In 2011, Dr. Mazzarelli helped start Cooper’s new Process Improvement Office, which has included the introduction of continuous process improvement principles, such as Lean Six Sigma, as a methodology for operational efficiency improvements. Prior to that role, he was Vice President of Strategic Planning and Implementation and was responsible for assisting in the development of the latest strategic plan for the health system as well as other business development projects. He was also one of the three original team members to work on integrating Cooper and Rowan in preparation for the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

Dr. Mazzarelli received his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his master's in bioethics from University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident and later as the Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine. In 2009, he was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Best Physicians Under 40.” In 2010, he was awarded the Halo Award by the South Jersey Professionals Association for leading a team of 18 health care providers from Cooper into Haiti in the days immediately following the 2010 earthquake.

In 2012, Dr. Mazzarelli was named one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey health care by NJ Biz. A member of the board of trustees for the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, as well as the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, Dr. Mazzarelli has also received commendations for his leadership, and was named an Outstanding Young American by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce.


Chief Financial Officer
Brian Reilly

Brian M. Reilly is the Chief Financial Officer for Cooper University Health Care. Mr. Reilly previously served as Chief Financial Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health system in the New Jersey, and Corporate Chief Financial Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital since 2012.

Prior to joining RWJHS, Mr. Reilly served in various leadership positions during his 13-year tenure with Tenet Healthcare Corporation in Philadelphia, PA, which included both hospital- and corporate-based roles. As Chief Financial Officer of Hahnemann University Hospital, his role included oversight of the academic relationship and funds flow with the Drexel College of Medicine as well as the management of business, development, and divestitures for the Philadelphia market. He has significant experience leading teams within the non-profit, for-profit, and academic medical center settings. In addition to advancing the accounting and financial reporting function of complex institutions, he also has directed facility turnaround plans, financial change management, and integration activities.

Mr. Reilly also served in operational and financial leadership positions for affiliated physician services organizations and worked in the insurance industry to develop provider reimbursement strategies. Prior to his work at Tenet Healthcare Corporation, he was employed in a variety of roles at Independence Blue Cross. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Reilly has served on numerous boards and board subcommittees within the New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Mr. Reilly earned his MBA in finance and healthcare administration from Philadelphia University, and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from King’s College in Wilkes Barre, PA. 


Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Sean Murphy, Esq., is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs and leads the health system’s Legal and Risk Management departments. Sean has extensive experience in health law, including corporate health care, innovation, and health care strategy.

Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Murphy spent 20 years as senior vice president and corporate general counsel for the former JFK Health System based in Edison, which is now part of Hackensack Meridian Health.  Mr. Murphy also has significant private practice experience in health care law, practicing at both at a national law firm, as well as a boutique, Pittsburgh-based, health law firm. 

Mr. Murphy also served in the United States Air Force Medical Corps, active duty, achieving the rank of Captain. A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, he received a master’s degree in hospital administration from The George Washington University, and his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark.


Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances
Lou Bezich

Louis S. Bezich provides leadership for Cooper’s strategic affiliations and initiatives including military markets, addiction medicine, the Coriell Institute, higher education, government, community relations, and real estate.

Mr. Bezich serves as a Board Director of AmeriHealth New Jersey and is Vice Chairman of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. He is a member of the boards of the Cooper’s Ferry Development Corporation and the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers. Mr. Bezich is also the Board President of the Cooper Lanning Square Renaissance School Facilities, Inc., an affiliate of the KIPP Cooper Norcross Renaissance Schools.

Since 2002, he has served as Chairman of the Camden Higher Education and Health Care Task Force and is former Chairman of the Camden Special Services District Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Bezich served as President of the Board of Education of the Camden County Technical School District. He is Past President of the Boy Scout Councils of Camden County and Southern New Jersey, and is the recipient of their Silver Beaver and Distinguished Citizen Awards for community service. 

Mr. Bezich is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University-Camden and has previously taught at Camden County College and Rowan University. He is a contributing author to Corporate Lawbreaking and Interactive Compliance, edited by Jay A. Sigler and Joseph E. Murphy and has published articles on public policy and men’s heath. Mr. Bezich is the author of the forthcoming book Crack The Code: Ten Proven Secrets to Healthy Behavior and Inspiring Fulfillment in Men Over Fifty.

He holds a master of public policy degree from Rutgers University and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tampa. He is a graduate of Harvard University's Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.


Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
kathy devine

Dr. Devine is responsible for professional nursing practice across the continuum of care to ensure safety, service, and quality outcomes for Cooper University Health Care's diverse patient population. In addition, she has administrative and operational leadership responsibility for Nursing and Patient Care Services.

Dr. Devine has held various leadership positions during her 15-year tenure at Cooper. Prior to her current role, she served as Executive Director for the Centers of Urgent and Emergent Services and Hospital-Based Services and managed a comprehensive range of clinical programs. As a professional nurse, she has a diverse clinical background with experiences in adult and pediatric critical care nursing, emergency and trauma nursing, as well as flight nursing. She obtained her master's in nursing and doctorate of nursing practice from Drexel University.


Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Beth Green

As Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Cooper University Health Care, Ms. Green serves as the strategic and operational leader for all aspects of Human Resources. In this role, she is responsible for attracting, developing, retaining, and fully engaging our people to drive organizational performance and the exceptional Cooper experience. Ms. Green was most recently Vice President of Talent Management at Cooper.

Ms. Green started her health care career at Cooper in 1988 and has held progressive Human Resources leadership roles since that time. Before rejoining Cooper in 2013, she ran her own coaching and consulting company, which helped individuals and organizations drive exceptional business and personal results. She has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience in health care and is a member of a number of professional human resources and executive organizations. She has been an officer and member of the New Jersey Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (NJSHHRA) and also served on the Labor and Legislative Committee for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administrators (ASHHRA). She currently serves as a board member for the Camden County Workforce Development Board.

Ms. Green was a founding member of the Career Transition Partnership, an interfaith community group supporting people facing career transition. She has volunteered as a mentor with Junior Achievement of NJ.

Ms. Green graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a bachelor of science degree in business management and a focus in human resources. She earned her master's degree in human organizational science at Villanova University. Ms. Green is a certified executive coach, is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt-certified and has achieved a number of professional certifications in her field: Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Certified Success Coach (CSC), and Certified Facilitator for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).


Senior Vice President, Operations

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Mr. Hockel is responsible for leading overall hospital operations to support an outstanding patient, physician, and employee experience. He has direct responsibility for hospital inpatient and outpatient operations strategy and performance, including radiology services, laboratory, pharmacy, food and nutrition, environmental services, retail services, security, parking, plant operations and maintenance, and facilities construction and planning.  

Mr. Hockel brings more than 28 years of leadership experience to Cooper University Health Care. As a servant leader, he has led teams that have produced exceptional quality and safety, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement results.

Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Hockel served in a number of senior leadership roles during a 15-year career at Virtua Health including Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Development, and his most recent role as Vice President and Site Administrator at the Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ. He was responsible for the development and operation of three new big-box ambulatory centers totaling over 800,000 square feet, and the launch of multiple new programs and services. Prior to Virtua, Mr. Hockel spent 12 years with Marriott International and Sodexo.

Mr. Hockel has served as a board member for the Greater Camden Partnership, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and also served as a member of the Camden Higher Education and Health Care Task Force. He has also served on multiple joint-venture surgery-center boards including President of the Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Mr. Hockel is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a member of the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley (HLNDV), and completed his six-sigma green belt training at Villanova University. He attended Penn State University and completed his degree in business management at the University of Phoenix. Mr. Hockel holds a master of business administration from Saint Joseph’s University.


Dustin L. Hufford
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Dustin Hufford

Dustin L. Hufford is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cooper University Health Care.  Mr. Hufford previously served as the Vice President of Applications for Cooper.  His health career spans 14 years serving in a number of leadership roles.  

Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Hufford served as Chief Information Officer at Memorial Health Care System, a community hospital in North Western Ohio.  After Memorial Health Care was acquired by Promedica Health system, he served as the System AVP of Revenue Cycle and Business systems where he oversaw the implementation of Promedia Health’s electronic health records system.  He has experience leading large teams within several areas of IT including clinical, revenue cycle, business systems, and technology.  In addition to his experience working with health providers, he also a background in consulting work where he executed IT strategic planning engagements, merger and acquisition evaluations, and post-merger integrations.  

Since 2015, Mr. Hufford has led IT team effort, in collaboration with Finance, to improve revenue cycle metrics. Those efforts have resulted in Cooper climbing to the top quartile in revenue cycle performance among all hospitals using the same electronic health records system. He has significant experience in developing effective IT strategies to support and improve business operations and patient care. 

Mr. Hufford obtained his undergraduate degree in Information Sciences from Drexel University and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Drexel.


Chief Physician Executive, Cooper University Health Care
Eric Kupersmith MD

Dr. Kupersmith came to Cooper in 1995 and has served in many roles over the years. In his current role he has oversight of Cooper’s practice plan of more than 630 employed physicians. This includes strategic planning; practice growth and partnership strategies; ambulatory operations optimization; physician leadership development and accountability; and driving organizational quality, service, and academic goals.

From 2015 to his current role, he served as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations with oversight of Hospital-Based Services, including Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Pathology, and Radiology. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief of Internal Medicine. From 2003 until his latest role, he also served as Division Head of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Kupersmith created the Division of Hospital Medicine at Cooper Hospital, which he grew to nearly 100 hospitalists and 20 advanced practice providers serving more than 10 hospitals. This has strengthened Cooper’s relationships with community systems, leading to significant growth for our organization. He has provided oversight for innovations in logistics and throughput, including the development of our Clinical Decision Unit and Transfer Center. He has developed and continues to have oversight for our Physician Advisor program, which is integral to revenue cycle and denial management for the Hospital. This program has been expanded to provide services to community hospitals.

Dr. Kupersmith graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and completed his residency in internal medicine. He was Chief Resident of his graduating class, and upon completion started immediately as an academic hospitalist and Associate Program Director for the Cooper Internal Medicine residency program. He has had additional training through Cooper, obtaining a Wharton School of Business certificate in 2004 and has had training at the College of Executive Coaching in 2015. For his contributions to hospital medicine he was recognized as a Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine. He has won numerous teaching awards, has given national and regional lectures on various topics including readmission reduction and length of stay management, and has authored publications on topics in hospital medicine.


Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development

Mr. O'Leary is responsible for strategy development and business planning functions at the enterprise and program levels at Cooper University Health Care. He is responsible for informing and recommending growth strategies, developing and implementing planning processes, aligning service line strategic management and overseeing the physician outreach function.

Prior to joining Cooper in 2014, Mr. O’Leary held successful leadership roles in planning and business analytics functions at Einstein Healthcare, Philadelphia, PA, Virtua Health, Marlton, NJ as well as Katz Consulting, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, PA, where was a Senior Consulting Manager. Mr. O’Leary holds a master’s of health services administration from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Policy and earned his bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from Boston College. Mr. O’Leary earned his six sigma black belt certification from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.


Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of The Cooper Foundation
Rob Ortiz

Mr. Ortiz joined The Cooper Foundation as Vice President of Development in January 2020, and was appointed Interim Director of the Foundation in March 2020. Under his leadership, the Foundation created a COVID-19 Assistance Fund in April of 2020 and has raised more than $2 million dollars to provide much-needed medical equipment and supplies to support Cooper’s clinical teams in caring for people during the pandemic.

Prior to joining The Cooper Foundation, Mr. Ortiz served as Director of Gift Planning for the East region of the United States for the University of Notre Dame. He brings 20 years of experience to Cooper, including his role as Academic Advancement Director for the Law School at the University of Notre Dame from 2011 to 2014, and as a partner in the law firms of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor LLC and Porzio, Bromberg & Newman PC.


Senior Vice President, Institute Strategy, Access, and Chief Experience Officer
Terry Ricca

Terry Ricca, RN, is Senior Vice President, Institute Strategy, Access, and Chief Experience Officer at Cooper University Health Care. She joined Cooper in 2014 with more than 30 years of health care experience.

Ms. Ricca provides the vision, leadership, and direction for patient-centric approaches to improve the emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences of patients and their families. She works with Coopers’ physicians, leaders, and staff to build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes.

Ms. Ricca and her team are continuing to expand Cooper’s state-of-the-art Access Center to improve patient access to care. Notably, in 2016 Ms. Ricca relaunched a fully integrated women’s health program at The Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, offering coordinated and comprehensive primary and multispecialty care services for women. In October 2017, her role expanded to include institute strategy, focusing on better serving patients, physicians, and staff as Cooper increases the growth of all Institutes.

Prior to coming to Cooper, Ms. Ricca served in a variety of leadership roles at Virtua, including Vice President of Customer Experience, where she provided strategy and direction for the health system’s patient satisfaction and service excellence initiatives. Previously, she held leadership roles within the health system’s women’s and children’s service line from 2006 to 2009, as Vice President.

Ms. Ricca has received numerous awards and recognition for her accomplishments and outstanding leadership in academic and professional roles. She received the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ Women of Achievement Award in 2005. In 2006, she was honored with the Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Nursing from the Alumni Association of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. In 2010, she was featured in South Jersey Magazine’s Super Women issue. In 2016, Ms. Ricca had the honor of being named chairperson of the American Heart Association’s 10th Annual Southern New Jersey Go Red For Women® luncheon. Ms. Ricca has been a supporter of improving women’s health over her entire career.


Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Tom Rubino

Thomas W. Rubino, JD, is Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Cooper University Health Care, where he oversees the health system’s internal communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, social media and digital communications, and executive communications. He joined Cooper in 2016 as Vice President of Communications.

Mr. Rubino has more than 25 years of communications and marketing experience and expertise in positioning, promoting, and protecting brands. He has a unique background, having worked as a practicing attorney and serving as an elected official. At the age of 27, he was elected to the Ewing Township Committee and served as Deputy Mayor of Ewing Township. He was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to the Mercer County Board of Elections and also served as press secretary for a candidate to the United States Senate from New Jersey.

Prior to joining Cooper, Mr. Rubino spent 12 years as director of public affairs in the marketing department at the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. There he managed a number of communications functions, including public relations, brand advertising, executive communications, and social media. He was part of the leadership team that built the company’s direct marketing program and spent time managing the community affairs team and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey staff.

Mr. Rubino currently serves on the board, and was past chairman, of ChoiceOne, a non-profit crisis pregnancy center. He also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Pharmacist Institute of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers Camden School of Law.


Senior Vice President, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Physician Alignment

Christine C. Winn, FACHE,  is responsible for the growth and development of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and physician recruitment and relationship-building at Cooper University Health Care.

Prior to joining Cooper in 2013, Ms. Winn was the Executive Director of Aria Health Torresdale Campus, where she was responsible for hospital operations and campus growth and development. She also had system responsibility for oncology, trauma, cardiology, imaging and pathology. Previously, she served in numerous leadership positions at Paoli Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health in Connecticut and University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Ms. Winn currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). She was also ACHE Regent for Southeastern Pennsylvania and is past president of the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley. She has served on the boards of Northeast Family YMCA, Old Pine Community Center and Groundwork Bridgeport. She has been recognized as an “Up and Comer” by Modern Healthcare and by the Pennsylvania ACHE Regent with the Early Careerist Award.

A graduate of Furman University, Ms. Winn received a master’s degree in organizational dynamics from University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in hospital administration from University of South Carolina.


Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Wright joined Cooper in August 2017 as a consultant before assuming the role of Controller. He has more than 17 years of health care leadership and management experience. Before joining Cooper, Mr. Wright served as Assistant Vice President of Finance at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) for two years, and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of both RWJUH and Somerset Medical Center in 2015. Prior to his time at RWJUH, Mr. Wright worked for Tenet Healthcare in Philadelphia for 14 years, where he was a Controller for Hahnemann University Hospital and Elkins Park Hospital.   

Mr. Wright holds an executive master of business administration from St. Joseph’s University and earned a bachelor of science in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.